Bellisario Bruno

Bruno Bellisario

People Detail

Research Area : Biodiversity

Position : Integrated members


PhD in Ecology and Biological Resources Management, Department of Ecology and Economic Sustainable Development (DECOS), Tuscia University of Viterbo, Italy.


I am a community ecologist with a strong interest in data analysis and computational ecology. I use and develop tools and methods rooted in network theory to understand how different layers of information could contribute to the observed pattern of diversity. I believe in a modern, open ecological science based on cooperation and the free use of data and methods.

Ongoing Projects

NextSea: Next generation monitoring of coastal ecosystems in a scenario of global change


Bellisario B., Camisa F., Abbattista C., Cimmaruta R. 2019. The functional biogeography of Mediterranean
marine amphipods. Under Review.

Cimmaruta R., Abbattista C., Camisa F., Bellisario B., Nascetti G. 2019. Cryptic diversity and ancient divergence in two species of amphipods from Central Mediterranean Sea. Under Review.

Bellisario B., Camisa F., Abbattista C., Cimmaruta R. 2019. A network approach to identify bioregions in the distribution of Mediterranean amphipods associated with Posidonia oceanica meadows. PeerJ 7:e6786

Cipriani P., Sbaraglia G.L., Paoletti M., Giulietti L., Bellisario B., Palomba M., Bušelić I., Mladineo I., Nascetti G., Mattiucci S. 2018. The Mediterranean European hake, Merluccius merluccius: Detecting drivers influencing the Anisakis spp. larvae distribution. Fisheries Research 202: 79-89.

Cipriani P., Sbaraglia G.L., Palomba M., Giulietti L., Bellisario B., Bušelić I., Mladineo I., Cheleschi R., Nascetti G., Mattiucci S. 2018. Anisakis pegreffii (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in European anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus from the Mediterranean Sea: Fishing ground as a predictor of parasite distribution. Fisheries Research 202: 59-68.

Bellisario B. 2018. Conserving migration in a changing climate, a case study: The Eurasian spoonbill, Platalea leucorodia leucorodia. Biological Conservation 217: 222-231.

Angeletti D., Cimmaruta R., Sebbio C., Bellisario B., Carere C., Nascetti G. 2017 Environmental heterogeneity promotes microgeographic genetic divergence in the Mediterranean killifish Aphanius fasciatus (Cyprinodontidae). Ethology Ecology and Evolution 29(4): 367-386.

Camisa F., Abbattista C., Bellisario B., Angeletti D., Lattanzi L., Cimmaruta R. 2017. Seasonal variations of amphipod assemblages in a Posidonia oceanica (Linnaeus) Delile, 1813 meadow from the central Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy). Crustaceana 90: 1319-1335.

Bellisario B., Camisa F., Nascetti G., Lattanzi L., Cimmaruta R. 2016. Spatial and temporal variation of coastal mainland vs. insular amphipod assemblages on Posidonia oceanica meadows. Marine Biodiversity 46: 355- 363.

Cafaro V., Angeletti D., Bellisario B., Macali A., Carere C., Alessi J. 2016. Habitat overlap between bottlenose dolphins and seabirds: A pilot study to identify high-presence coastal areas in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 96: 891-901.

Cipriani P., Acerra V., Bellisario B., Sbaraglia G.L., Cheleschi R., Nascetti G., Mattiucci S. 2016. Larval migration of the zoonotic parasite Anisakis pegreffii (Nematoda: Anisakidae) in European anchovy, Engraulis encrasicolus: Implications to seafood safety. Food Control 59: 148-157.

Pesciaroli C., Barghini P., Cerfolli F., Bellisario B., Fenice M. 2015. Relationship between phylogenetic and nutritional diversity in Arctic (Kandalaksha Bay) seawater planktonic bacteria. Annals of Microbiology 65: 2405-2414.

Mattiucci S., Cipriani P., Paoletti M., Nardi V., Santoro M., Bellisario B., Nascetti G. 2015. Temporal stability of parasite distribution and genetic variability values of Contracaecum osculatum sp. D and C. osculatum sp. E (Nematoda: Anisakidae) from fish of the Ross Sea (Antarctica). International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4: 356-367.

Cipriani P., Smaldone G., Acerra V., D'Angelo L., Anastasio A., Bellisario B., Palma G., Nascetti G., Mattiucci S. 2015. Genetic identification and distribution of the parasitic larvae of Anisakis pegreffii and Anisakis simplex (s.s.) in European hake Merluccius merluccius from the Tyrrhenian Sea and Spanish Atlantic coast: Implications for food safety. International Journal of Food Microbiology 198: 8-23.

Mattiucci S., Cimmaruta R., Cipriani P., Abaunza P., Bellisario B., Nascetti G. 2015. Integrating Anisakis spp. parasites data and host genetic structure in the frame of a holistic approach for stock identification of selected Mediterranean Sea fish species. Parasitology 142: 90-108.

Santoro M., Mattiucci S., Cipriani P., Bellisario B., Romanelli F., Cimmaruta R., Nascetti G. 2014. Parasite communities of icefish (Chionodraco hamatus) in the Ross Sea (Antarctica): Influence of the host sex on the helminth infracommunity structure. PLoS ONE 9:2.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2014. Climate effects on the distribution of wetland habitats and connectivity in networks of migratory waterbirds. Acta Oecologica 58: 5-11

Sebbio C., Carere C., Nascetti G., Bellisario B., Mosesso P., Cimmaruta R., Angeletti D. 2014. Interspecies variation in DNA damage induced by pollution. Current Zoology 60: 308-321.

Mattiucci S., Cipriani P., Webb S.C., Paoletti M., Marcer F., Bellisario B., Gibson D.I., Nascetti G. 2014. Genetic and morphological approaches distinguish the three sibling species of the Anisakis simplex species complex, with a species designation as Anisakis berlandi n. sp. for A. simplex sp. C (Nematoda: Anisakidae). Journal of Parasitology 100: 199-214.

Cerfolli F., Bellisario B., Battisti C. 2013. Detritus-based assemblage responses under salinity stress conditions in a disused aquatic artificial ecosystem. Aquatic Biosystems 9:1.

Bellisario B., Carere C., Cerfolli F., Angeletti D., Nascetti G., Cimmaruta R. 2013. Infaunal macrobenthic community dynamics in a manipulated hyperhaline ecosystem: A long-term study. Aquatic Biosystems 9:1.

Santoro M., Mattiucci S., Work T., Cimmaruta R., Nardi V., Cipriani P., Bellisario B., Nascetti G. 2013. Parasitic infection by larval helminths in Antarctic fishes: Pathological changes and impact on the host body condition index. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 105: 139-148.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2012. The interplay between network structure and functioning of detritus-based communities in patchy aquatic environment. Aquatic Ecology 46: 431-441.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2011. Pattern of species occurrence in detritus-based communities with variable connectivity. Web Ecology 11: 1-9.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2010. Evaluating nestedness in a spatially structured detritus-based systems. Transitional Waters Bulletin 4: 71-82.

Bellisario B., Novelli C., Cerfolli F., Angeletti D., Cimmaruta R., Nascetti G. 2010. The ecological restoration of the Tarquinia Salterns drives the temporal changes in the benthic community structure. Transitional Waters Bulletin 4: 105-114.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2010. Spatial network structure and robustness of detritus-based communities in a patchy environment. Ecological Research 25: 813-821.

Bellisario B., Cerfolli F., Nascetti G. 2009 Macroinvertebrates assembly in a patchy environment: Centrality measures for the spatial network of detritus-based communities. Transitional Waters Bulletin 3: 1-13.


Nascetti G., Cimmaruta R., Bellisario B. 2009. Uno sviluppo sostenibile delle coste del Lazio (Sperimentazione ICZM in aree pilota), Palombi Editore.

Bellisario B., Santini E., Cimmaruta R., Nascetti G. 2006 Il ruolo della gestione integrata delle zone costiere (ICZM) nella conservazione delle aree umide – In C. Battisti (ed.) - Biodiversità, gestione e conservazione di un’area umida del litorale Tirrenico: La Palude di Torre Flavia, Parte I, Introduzione generale. Gangemi editore, Provincia di Roma.

Bellisario B., Cecili A., Pignotti S. 2006. Valutazione in ambiente GIS della qualità di punti gps per la restituzione di modelli digitali di terreno da cartografia storica ed immagini satellitari. Le Top-ten del GIS Crisel-Trimble.

Pignotti S., Braico P., Bellisario B. 2005. Il telerilevamento e le montagne. Applicazioni e casi di studio per il monitoraggio ambientale e la gestione dei fenomeni di instabilità. Collana Quaderni Scientifici del CNR IBIMET.